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It’s Been A Long, Long Time by Harry James and His Orchestra

“It’s Been A Long, Long Time” became very popular today because of its use in two films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The music was written by Jule Styne, while the lyrics are written by Sammy Cahn. The song was then recorded by Harry James, with the vocals sung by Kitty Kallen, and it reached number one on Billboard Hot 100 on November 24, 1945. 

Harry James is an American musician who was a popular band leader, and was known for his technical proficiency, tone, and influence on new trumpet players from late in the 1930s to the 1940s. As a child, he was a musician in a traveling circus where he learned a flamboyant style of music where he used techniques to write “hot” jazz. It’s Been A Long, Long Time is classified as a type of “hot” jazz, with lots of emotion and intensity, as well as a strong rhythm. The lyrics of this song indicate a very important part of history; World War II. They are meant to be listened to in the perspective of a person welcoming home his or her spouse at the end of the war. This brings out so much emotion in the song because military homecomings always have been, and always will be, a very emotional part of someone’s life.

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